Bismarck: The White Revolutionary: Volume 1 1815-1871, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Bismarck: The White Revolutionary

Volume 1 1815-1871, 1st Edition

By Lothar Gall


418 pages

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Originally published in English in 1986, these volumes are far more than the story of the life of a powerful statesman. The name Bismarck sums up the entire political, social, economic and intellectual development of central Europe in the second half of the 19th Century and the internal and external shape that Germany then assumed. These books analyse how much of this was Bismarck’s personal achievement or whether he was the man who put the nation on the disastrously wrong course that reached its fateful culmination in 1933? They examine whether Bismarck’s success was precisely because he implemented policies for which the time was ripe and did so in ways that were in harmony with the historical evolution of central Europe.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Part 1: In Search of a Way of Life 1. Between Two Worlds 2. The Way Into Politics Part 2: ‘Let Us Rather Undertake Revolution than Undergo It’ 3. Reasons of State and International Politics 4. In No-Man’s Land 5. From Army Reform to Constitutional Conflict 6. ‘Konfliktminister’ 7. The End or a New Beginning? 8. 1866 9. ‘Revolution From Above’

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: German History

Originally published between 1929 and 1991 the volumes in this set:

  • Offer a comprehensive and challenging interpretation of the German past
  • Assess Bismarck’s contribution to the German Empire and his legacy for modern Germany
  • Examine the psyche of the Germans and discuss the psychological impact of the Second World War on the Germans
  • Review critically not only the rise and rule of National Socialism, but also the strength of authoritarianism and militarism and the weakness of democracy in 19th Century Germany
  • Examine the inter-relationships between social and economic change on the one hand, and political developments on the other.
  • Analyse the significance of the Zollverein on economic growth
  • Discuss authority and the law in the German Empire and the Weimar Republic.
  • Analyse the contribution of German historians to 20th Century historiography
  • Chart key events in British – German trade rivalry
  • Include archival material from both the former East and West Germany.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / Germany